Natalie was born in the U.S.A (Boulder Colorado), but went to school in the U.S., New Zealand, the U.K. and Australia. After completing high school (in Canberra), she went ´walkabout´ - spending several years on a Prawn Trawler, travelling with a circus, and helping run a small silvicultural contracting business.  She then started University at ANU – to find that she thoroughly enjoyed economics, academia and research.

Nowadays, Natalie is perhaps best described as an economist with a keen interest in the environmental and social/distributional issues associated with economic growth - with  extensive experience in a variety of non-market valuation techniques.  What distinguishes her from many other economists, is her track record of collaborative cross-disciplinary research using models that combine economic, environmental and social variables to explore interactions between socio-economic and ecological systems.   She has published widely in both national and international forums and has supervised many (mostly multidisciplinary) research students for their honours, masters and PhDs.   

  • Environmental economics Non-market valuation techniques Natural resource economics Natural resource management Regional economics Indigenous economies Tourism economics
  • 2019 to present - Adjunct Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Professorial Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 to 2017 - Professor of Economics and Tropical Leader, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Associate Professor of Economics, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2003 to 2008 - Senior Lecturer in Economics, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2000 to 2003 - Data Analyst and Researcher, CSIRO - Sustainabile Ecosystems (Townsville)
  • 1992 to 2000 - Economics Lecturer, University of Canberra
  • 1990 to 1992 - Economics Tutor, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 119+ research outputs authored by Prof Natalie Stoeckl from 1995 onwards.

Current Funding

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Australian Research Council - Discovery Indigenous

Knowledge Integration for Torres Strait Sustainability

Indicative Funding
$387,811 over 3 years
This project aims to support sustainable development in the Torres Strait through the development of practical, locally-relevant strategies for collating, generating and integrating knowledge relevant to the management of intersecting social, economic and environmental challenges. The project seeks to generate new knowledge about how Torres Strait Islander people construct the idea of sustainable development by integrating participatory and quantitative methodologies to support research evaluation and decision-making in a way that supports community aspirations. The expected outcomes include enhanced capacity of Torres Strait Islander people to effectively seek the knowledge that is most useful in their decision-making for sustainability.
Felecia Watkin, Stewart Lockie and Natalie Stoeckl in collaboration with Sanchia Shibasaki and Cass Hunter (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Cairns Institute and Division of Tropical Environments & Societies)
Torres Strait; Sustainability; Sustainable Development; knowledge integration; knowledge translation

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Synthesis Project - Kakadu Cultural Connections

Indicative Funding
$90,000 over 2 years
The national land account project, within the Department of Environment and Energy is developing an Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (EEA) system, strongly guided by the UN System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA). This project will explore options and make recommendations for acknowledging and possibly including Indigenous cultural connections within that ecosystem accounting framework. It may be possible to generate some monetary estimates of value, but the explorations may instead conclude that Indigenous cultural connections should be considered alongside, rather than as a subset, of other ecosystem services (much as the government compiles tourism satellite accounts that are published alongside the national accounts).
Diane Jarvis, Natalie Stoeckl, Daniel Grainger and Michael Douglas (College of Business, Law & Governance, Division of Tropical Environments & Societies, Indigenous Education & Research Centre and The University of Western Australia)
Indigenous cultural connections-country; system of environmental economic a/c; ecosystem services accounting; non-mnarket valuations; Cultural Ecosystem Services; indigenous cultural values

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Research Grant

Improving seaweed production and processing opportunities in Indonesia

Indicative Funding
$1,600,000 over 4 years
Seaweed culture in Indonesia is one of the few available income-generating opportunities for coastal communities and supports an estimated 120,000 small holder seaweed farmers. There are however problems with seaweed quality, processing procedures and utilisation of waste streams from processing and a strong desire to commercialise new species with the ability to value-add and that new products be developed thus diversifying the markets into which seaweed can be sold.
Nicholas Paul, Michael Rimmer and Natalie Stoeckl (University of the Sunshine Coast, College of Science & Engineering, College of Business and Law & Governance)
Seaweed; socio-economic; aquaculture; carrageenan; Coastal Communities; agar

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Multiple benefits and knowledge systems of Indigenous Land Management Programs (ILMPs) - Economic perspective

Indicative Funding
$490,800 over 4 years (administered by CDU)
In addition to creating environmental benefits Indigenous land management programs (ILMPs) generate significant social and economic benefits (henceforth co-benefits). But few of those co-benefits have been quantified or compared across ILMPs. Consequently, under or over investments in some ILMPs could arise. When making investment decisions, governments and others require multiple lines of evidence to help them determine if their investments represent `value for money?. This project will thus provide quantified, comparable data about the co-benefits of various ILMPs ? information that will help ensure more and/or better targeted investments in ILMPs.
Natalie Stoeckl, Michelle Esparon, Daniel Grainger, Silva Larson and Marina Farr (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Indigenous land management; Knowledge Transfer; Indigenous enterprises; Indigenous impact investments; Indigenous protected areas; Economic Impact

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Harnessing the science of social marketing and behaviour change for improved water quality in the GBR: an action research project

Indicative Funding
$480,000 over 3 years
Working in partnership with staff from the Australian Government's DOtE, DSITI and DEHP, this project will use data collected from land managers and elsewhere to critically evaluate the way water quality improvement programmes are 'marketed'. It will use insights from those evaluations to inform the reconfiguration of marketing and engagement strategies associated with programmes scheduled for roll-out during 2017, demonstrating methods for monitoring and assessing the extent to which these different programmes and changed strategies improve adoption and alter behaviours.
Lynne Eagle, Natalie Stoeckl and Marina Farr in collaboration with Michelle Esparon, Meryl Churchill and Rachel Hay (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Water Quality; Great Barrier Reef; land managers; Behaviour Change; Social Marketing; assessing impact

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  • People Building Stronger Regions: an Empirical Investigation into the Determinants of Migration (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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